Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:29 pm

Hooked
2008 Piaggio MP3 500ie
Joined: 02 Nov 2012
Posts: 374
Location: Folsom, CA USA
 
Hooked
2008 Piaggio MP3 500ie
Joined: 02 Nov 2012
Posts: 374
Location: Folsom, CA USA
Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:29 pm linkquote
I took my 500 to Sierra Motor Sports in Grass Valley. Handed them 2 new grease fitting "tools" I purchased from Scooter West and the Piaggio Tech Note describing the process. They changed me for 0.5 hours to do it and I got my grease fittings back.

Also had them replace the graphite exhaust gasket, do oil change, replace oil and air filters (which I provided), install my HID headlights (also provided by me) and bleed the front brake that another-dealer-which-will-remain-nameless failed to do correctly. Had it all done while I was out of town. I could have done it myself over several hours but I made an extra $600 on the business trip (hazard pay) so I used that and had lots left over.
Sun May 05, 2013 8:09 am

Addicted
MP3 500 - Black Sunshine
Joined: 08 Oct 2011
Posts: 859
Location: Shanghai or Ventura
 
Addicted
MP3 500 - Black Sunshine
Joined: 08 Oct 2011
Posts: 859
Location: Shanghai or Ventura
Sun May 05, 2013 8:09 am linkquote
Slickety Slick!
Did the greasing - finally - yesterday. Took more time taking the tupperware off than actually greasing the the system! I put 35-38 pumps per bolt into the system before grease started oozing out. Then I followed up each with 10-12 more pumps to make sure all the nasty stuff was pretty much flushed out.

WOW - what a difference! The scoot is a LOT more flickable. It's like going from a well-balanced but big road cruiser, down to a small sport bike. Leans in and out of corners a lot quicker and easier, a lot less effort. Definitely a serious improvement. And cheap - I figure if I bought the grease gun (already had it), torque wrench, the grease bolt and the grease, it's probably a $50-$60 job, at the most.

Now to go tackle Old San Marcos road and Painted Cave road - lots of twisties later today!
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Mon Oct 18, 2021 8:10 am

Member
MP3 400 - MP3 250
Joined: 17 Jul 2014
Posts: 32
Location: Vacaville CA
 
Member
MP3 400 - MP3 250
Joined: 17 Jul 2014
Posts: 32
Location: Vacaville CA
Mon Oct 18, 2021 8:10 am linkquote
I know this is an old thread - but its essential reading for new and existing MP3 owners. I was talking to my neighbor about steering notching and the need for regular greasing of bearings. In about 10 minutes he'd made me an M10 grease bolt in his garage. It worked great. Just like in the post. I rode the scooter up a paving slab on one wheel. It lowered the suspension on the oposing wheel enough to access the bolts. One at a time i was able to use the bolt and grease the bearings, replacing the original bolts to 45Nm. The difference in handling is very noticible. Just to be sure i didn't have any notching i jacked up the scooter with both front wheels off the ground- moving the handlebars side to side the action was smooth..
Thanks everyone for contributing to the post.
I do have one last question- i greased the four outer bolts, how do i access the main main two bolts to grease the steering stem?
Oh and finally - i found these on ebay
https://www.ebay.com/itm/M10-x-1mm-90-Degree-BRASS-Metric-Grease-Zerk-Nipple-Fitting-1-pc-/171852914017?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286&mkrid=711-127632-2357-0
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Grease Bolt .

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Sat Dec 04, 2021 10:51 pm

Member
Waiting
Joined: 01 Dec 2021
Posts: 11
Location: Alberta Canada
 
Member
Waiting
Joined: 01 Dec 2021
Posts: 11
Location: Alberta Canada
Sat Dec 04, 2021 10:51 pm linkquote
creaseuk wrote:
I know this is an old thread - but its essential reading for new and existing MP3 owners. I was talking to my neighbor about steering notching and the need for regular greasing of bearings. In about 10 minutes he'd made me an M10 grease bolt in his garage. It worked great. Just like in the post. I rode the scooter up a paving slab on one wheel. It lowered the suspension on the oposing wheel enough to access the bolts. One at a time i was able to use the bolt and grease the bearings, replacing the original bolts to 45Nm. The difference in handling is very noticible. Just to be sure i didn't have any notching i jacked up the scooter with both front wheels off the ground- moving the handlebars side to side the action was smooth..
Thanks everyone for contributing to the post.
I do have one last question- i greased the four outer bolts, how do i access the main main two bolts to grease the steering stem?
Oh and finally - i found these on ebay
https://www.ebay.com/itm/M10-x-1mm-90-Degree-BRASS-Metric-Grease-Zerk-Nipple-Fitting-1-pc-/171852914017?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286&mkrid=711-127632-2357-0
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Any chance you can have your friend make another & ship it to a "soon to be owner". I can paypal the funds to cover the cost
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